Samsung Laser Printers - propietary Page Description Language? (ML-1665)
fcassia at gmail.com
Sun Dec 5 15:22:50 UTC 2010
I´m thinking of replacing my ages-old HP LaserJet 1100 (PCL4, PCL5, 16
MB RAM) with a with a very affordable yet fast Samung (model ML-1665 -
product info at
Samsung provides propietary, binary-only drivers for Linux at this location
However, they only mention Ubuntu, no word about Fedora.
I´m not very happy to use binary-only drivers, because at some point
they might choose to discontinue them, or those binary drivers might
have dependencies that later cannot be fulfilled (say require an older
glibc version, older version of CUPS than present in future linux
version, etc etc).
Anyone has more detailed info on what Page Description Language do
these Samsung printers use?
I´m more saddened about the lack of understanding by consumers in
general over the use of OPEN STANDARDS. PCL and PostScript are open
standards -there are Free Software as well as propietary
implementations of each-, yet, all that normal users seems to care
about is that a given device "has Linux drivers". Well, propietary
Linux drivers with closed protocols and languages are not very good
either. The device will become a paperweight as soon as the
manufacturer decides to kill it by not issuing any more linux driver
So, any in-depth info about what page description language do these
Samsung ML-1665 printers use?. The Samsung web page is --of course--
of no help.
Here, the product description:
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